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Unions continue to back Jeremy Corbyn as leader

Unite's Len McCluskey said Corbyn's supporters are the unions are ready to back Corbyn. Credit: PA

Unite has shown its continued support for Jeremy Corbyn and said the union is ready to back him if there is an election.

General Secretary Len McCluskey said: "The extraordinary behaviour of Labour MPs has achieved nothing beyond diverting attention from a Tory government in crisis.

"If anyone wants to change the Labour leadership, they must do it openly and democratically through an election, not through resignations and pointless posturing.

"If there has to be such an election, Jeremy Corbyn's supporters throughout the movement will be ready for it."

A Labour source loyal to Corbyn also added any attempts to oust him would amount to "shoving two fingers up to democracy".

New Prime Minister now expected by September 9

David Cameron will step down in September Credit: Reuters

David Cameron's successor as Prime Minister will now be revealed on September 9, as the timetable for change has been extended by a week.

The 1922 backbench committee had originally recommended that the leadership election be over by September 2 "at the latest", but the party board said they needed more time.

"The Board and the 1922 Committee both agree that the leadership election should take place as speedily as practical considerations allow," a spokeswoman said, saying that they wanted to ensure that every member could vote in the election.

The timetable is expected to be endorsed by MPs on Thursday.

Alistair Campbell says Labour a 'laughing stock'

Alistair Campbell Credit: Reuters

Alistair Campbell, who worked with former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair during the late 90s, has told the BBC that the Labour Party is a "laughing stock", and has turned into a "cult".

Mr Campbell was asked what he thought of the PLP's no confidence vote in leader Jeremy Corbyn, and suggested that he should resign.


Shadow Home Office Minister Sarah Champion resigns

Sarah Champion is MP for Rotherham. Credit: PA

Shadow Home Office Minister Sarah Champion had resigned from her Cabinet position following a party vote of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

She tweeted:

ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand gives his analysis on the resignation:

Tom Watson or Angela Eagle expected to challenge Corbyn

Tom Watson or Angela Eagle are expected to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership after the party backed a vote of no confidence in him.

Corbyn refuses to step down over no confidence vote

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Jeremy Corbyn has refused to step down despite losing a no confidence vote from his party.

The Labour leader, who was elected nine months ago, said he would not resign and "betray" those who voted for him.

His full statement said:

In the aftermath of last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is divided.

The government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.

Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.

To do that we need to stand together. Since I was elected leader of our party nine months ago, we have repeatedly defeated the government over its attacks on living standards.

Last month, Labour become the largest party in the local elections. In Thursday’s referendum, a narrow majority voted to leave, but two thirds of Labour supporters backed our call for a remain vote.

I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.

We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.

– Jeremy Corbyn

Labour MP says Corbyn's position is now 'untenable'

Labour MP Wes Streeting has said Jeremy Corbyn's position as Labour leader is now "untenable" and he should resign.

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